Summary 2019 — Washington
Teacher Resources Ag@School http://www.agclassroom.org/WA/pub/index.htm WAIC publishes a student activity magazine targeted at fourth grade students. Three issues are produced each school year and class sets are mailed to subscribing classrooms in late September, early January, and mid April. The magazines are free to requesting Washington teachers. Ag@School is designed to help teachers develop agricultural literacy without adding to an already heavy teaching load. All lessons and activities are geared to Washington's educational standards. Class sets come with a Teacher Guide that includes a quick reference to standards, background, discussion starters, vocabulary definitions, and activities & answers. The previous 5 years magazines and Teacher Guides are available for viewing and/or download from the WAIC website.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Ag@School magazine: From 2018-19 school year until the end of 2019 (this school year), we increased subscriptions by 46 educators and 1500 students statewide.
Kristen VanValkenburg, Washington Ag in the Classrorom PR director grew up on a small cattle and hay operation in Western Washington. She actively participated in 4-H, and FFA with a variety of projects throughout her youth. She graduated with honors from Washington State University with a degree in Agriculture Education and later earned a Masters degree from WSU. She taught high school agriculture for eight and a half years and then entered the private sector by accepting a job at the Washington Farm Bureau. She was laid off unexpectantly in 2012 and eagerly accepted a part time position as the PR director with Washington Ag in the Classroom. Agriculture and education has always been her passions!